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Press Release

Bank Robber Sentenced To 71 Months

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Georgia

G.F. “Pete” Peterman, III, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Charles Michael Beatty, age 44, of Knoxville, Tennessee was sentenced on June 23, 2016, to 71 months in federal prison for bank robbery and ordered to pay a total of $9,070 in restitution by Senior United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta, Georgia.

On February 17, 2012, Mr. Beatty entered the Bank of America in Valdosta, Georgia. He approached a teller and presented a note demanding “50’s and 100’s.” As the teller read the note, Mr. Beatty took the note back and stated, “Don’t press the button, and don’t give me the dye pack.” The teller complied and gave him $8,000. A few days prior to this robbery, Mr. Beatty robbed the First Tennessee Bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee, taking $1070. Mr. Beatty was taken into custody on February 22, 2012, when he was arrested in Hollywood, California, for possession of a vehicle he had stolen from Cleveland, Tennessee.

“Charles Michael Beatty was a virtual one-man crime wave in East Tennessee and South Georgia during February, 2012, robbing and stealing every few days until his eventual apprehension on the west coast. It took dedicated and determined law enforcement efforts to track him across the country and bring his crime spree to an end,” said Acting United States Attorney Peterman.  

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Valdosta Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Robert McCullers prosecuted the case for the Government.

Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

Updated June 23, 2016

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